Plato, Phaedo of Plato


Plato’s Phaedo, the final dialogue of the trilogy dealing with Socrates’ trial and death, show the extent to which Plato idealized and idolized Socrates. This paper asks the question, who exactly was Plato’s Socrates? It traces these themes of idealization and idolization throughout the Phaedo and suggests that, perhaps, Plato’s over-emphasis of these led to the less-than-stellar reception of the Phaedo during its time. In addition to this tracing of the above themes, the paper discusses the importance of the real-life characters that Plato leaves out of the Phaedo, again suggesting that this leads to a kind of idealization of the entire episode.

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